Page 856 - Week 03 - Wednesday, 29 March 2023

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Margaret Hendry School—staff

MR HANSON: My question is to the Minister for Education and Youth Affairs. Minister, I refer to reports released under FOI that show the majority of staff at one of Canberra’s newest schools say they feel unsupported and almost half are not convinced students are getting a good education five years after the school gates opened. Minister, why do almost half of all teachers at this school feel that students are not receiving a good education?

MS BERRY: I thank Mr Hanson for his question and acknowledge that there is ongoing work in schools across the ACT with regard to those kinds of reviews to ensure that there are opportunities for the school to improve on previous reports or reviews.

What has happened at this particular school is that, overall, the review has shown a positive improvement. The school is keen to make sure that they continue to work on that with their school community.

MR HANSON: Minister, why do a majority of staff at Margaret Hendry feel unsupported?

MS BERRY: As I said, I refer to my previous answer that these reviews are an opportunity to understand how the school is feeling, to check the temperature of their staff, and then work with their school community, including their staff and others, to ensure that they are making improvements to the health and safety of everybody concerned.

Mr Hanson: Madam Speaker, on a point of order. We understand the purpose of these reviews; the question is: why do the staff at that school feel unsupported? Does the minister know why this has occurred?

MADAM SPEAKER: Minister, in response?

MS BERRY: Sorry; I had sat down and completed my answer. Thank you.

MR MILLIGAN: Minister, how do these results compare with other schools?

MS BERRY: These reviews are not designed to make comparisons between a school and another school. Every school has their own diversity, their own culture, and their own community and issues that might need particular attention. These reviews are there for that particular school that is undertaking a review to understand what is going on within their school community and to seek ways to work with their community to improve.

Housing ACT—asset stock

MR DAVIS: My question is to the Minister for Housing and Suburban Development. Minister, I commend and congratulate you on last Monday’s announcement that the government has completed and released 21 new public housing properties in Dickson. I noted, watching the WIN News coverage, a senior public servant indicated these


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